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  • Prescott Center For the Arts: Prescott Teen Summer Stock Program

    Apr 10, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott Center for the Arts, TheatreComments Off on Prescott Center For the Arts: Prescott Teen Summer Stock ProgramRead More »

    Prescott Center for the Arts has announced that it will hold auditions for its 2019 Teen Summer Stock Ensemble, May 3 and 4. The program will run from June 5 – July 21 in Prescott. Scott Neese, of the music faculty at Yavapai College, will be returning to direct this summer’s production of Kiss Me Kate, the lively 1948 musical by Cole Porter, adapted from William Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Neese’s goal is to continue to provide an educational experience in theater with the challenges and rewards of an outstanding production. Designed for older teens, age 15-22, Teen Summer Stock Ensemble (TSSE) is an exciting and intensive program meant to provide a taste of what it’s like to work in a professional theatre setting. The teens are immersed in the process of mounting a full-scale musical on the Prescott Center for the Arts stage. The production is staffed by professionals with industry experience so that participants can get a taste of every aspect of the production process. The skills they learn range from dancing, singing, and acting, to set construction, costume design, and makeup. Regular workshops and tutorials give them lifelong skills in performing arts and theater production. Last summer, over 30 teens performed the award-winning musical, Shrek, to over 1,000 patrons. Robyn Allen, executive director of Prescott Center for the Arts, stated, “The growth of youth

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019

    Feb 7, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Theatre, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady Into the cold, grey heart of February, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center brings three bold and evocative acts: dancers, musicians, and vocalists who will take you (in spirit, at least) to the verdant hills of Ireland and the hallowed halls of Cambridge – with a smoldering dose of modern song and brass in between. For reservations – or additional show information – call the YCPAC Ticket Office at (928) 776-2000, or visit www.ycpac.com.   Bria Skonberg Friday, February 8, 7:30pm Tickets from $32 How good is Bria Skonberg? Good enough to get the buttoned-down Wall Street Journal raving: “One of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Vanity Fair dubbed the Canadian singer/songwriter/trumpeter as a millennial who is “shaking up the jazz world.” Bria Skonberg’s ability to work new sass and pop into jazz classics – and then segue gracefully over to her own musical creations – makes her that rarest of creature: a living jazz innovator. She alternates her amazing trumpet skills with smoky, torch song vocals that recall the sound of Norah Jones. Her flair for contemporary songwriting creates a sophisticated jazz sound reminiscent of Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., or Michael Bublé. Lest you think her just a critical darling, Bria and her band have left a trail of enthusiastic crowds across the entire Jazz-osphere: the Jazz Festivals at Monterey, Newport, Montreal,

  • Drunken ShakesBeer: Comedy of Errors

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, TheatreComments Off on Drunken ShakesBeer: Comedy of ErrorsRead More »

    By Mona Stephens Special to 5enses        Across the world, maybe the universe, William Shakespeare is proclaimed to be the greatest writer to command the English language. However, hundreds of millions of Americans only know his name and that he wrote plays. Most have never heard nor seen a Shakespearian masterpiece. It’s an issue the local Prescott branch of the Denver Colorado acting group “The Wit’s Shakesbeer” aims to solve.     “The Wit’s Shakesbeer” is a theater group that performs classical Shakespeare in pubs and breweries, while drunk. The goal is to bring Shakespeare to individuals who wouldn’t normally have exposure to, or appreciation of, the legend’s work. They do so in a way that’s light, and that meets people where they normally are.      The Prescott group, founded last year, when Jacob d’Armand brought this concept with him from Denver. Denver, of course, is a great theatre town, as well as a great drinking town. But it didn’t take long for Jacob to find local actors and volunteers to help him make this Denver favorite a Prescott reality. Through 2018, the group put on plays that local Prescottonians say is “comical in every way.” But don’t just take it from the locals. Drunken Shakespeare, as a whole, as been called an experience that “can’t be replicated” by the Wall Street Journal. That’s often because no one

  • Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi Hampton

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, TheatreComments Off on Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi HamptonRead More »

    5enses talks with director Heidi Hampton about the play that’s empowering the women of Yavapai County, again. Mona Stephens sat down with Heidi Hampton, the woman behind The Vagina Monologues in Prescott, told us about this year’s show, what the production is all about, what you have been missing, and how you can experience it for yourself, in a just few weeks. By Mona Stephens  The Vagina Monologues is coming to Prescott next month. What is it and who started it? The Vagina Monologues is kind of a movement, started by Eve Ensler in 1996. It’s a collection of monologues: one-person pieces and ensembles pieces that mostly deal with women’s issues. It started as a one-woman-show, Off-Broadway, that aired on HBO. It was just Eve and a mic, standing as she went through all the monologues. The issues the monologues cover run the gamut. One is the story of a Bosnian rape camp survivor. But some of them are fun and original, there are a lot of those. It’s all about women: the good, the bad and the ugly. When did you first hear about the Vagina Monologues and get involved? I auditioned for another play in 2008 and it was my, you know, “big return to the stage.” I thought I could do it and, well, I didn’t get the part. But I did backstage stuff and was the

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